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Garcia Endorses Turner in Houston Mayoral Runoff

Former Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia on Friday endorsed state Rep. Sylvester Turner in the Houston mayoral runoff.

Rep. Sylvester Turner speaks to crowd on election night. Turner narrowly defeated opponent Bill King in a runoff to be elect…

Former Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia on Friday endorsed state Rep. Sylvester Turner in the Houston mayoral runoff, lending his support to a former opponent who once looked like his closest competition for the city's top job.

The endorsement came three days after Garcia, who entered the race as a favorite to make the Dec. 12 runoff with Turner, finished a distant third in the first round. He announced his support for his onetime foe during a news conference at Turner's campaign headquarters. 

"We ran a good race, and now it’s time to come together — as all Houston — to move our city forward," Garcia said in a statement. "I am proud to announce I am signing up to volunteer: knock on doors, make phone calls, for Sylvester Turner for Mayor. In my book, that means I am fully endorsing Sylvester Turner, and I am asking my longtime friends, family, and supporters to do so as well."

The early endorsement could accelerate the consolidation of Democratic support behind Turner, the 26-year state lawmaker who faces Republican-leaning businessman Bill King in the non-partisan runoff. Throughout the first round of the race, Garcia and Turner largely avoided tangling as the two leading Democratic candidates.

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